UNF to honor vets on campus

The Military and Veteran’s Resource Center at the University of North Florida will host a Veterans Day Tribute at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, on the Student Union Osprey Plaza to honor UNF students, faculty and staff who have served and are still serving in the military. UNF has approximately 700 student veterans, more than 100 active military students and around 100 faculty and staff veterans serving on campus.

The program’s theme is “We Remember, We Care and We Support” and will feature guest speaker Mayor Alvin Brown. All veterans and active military being honored will receive a commemorative pin thanking them for their service.

“The Military and Veterans Resource Center is very excited to have the opportunity to showcase the faculty, staff and student veterans who teach, administer and attend the University of North Florida,” said Ray Wikstrom, MVRC director.

The UNF Brass Quintet will present a selection of military service songs, while the Naval Station Mayport and the UNF Army ROTC color guards will present the colors. A moment of silence will be followed by a rendition of taps. Participants will be able to view a 22-foot exact replica of the USS Saratoga and various campaign uniforms will be on display.

The UNF Military and Veterans Resource Center provides military and veteran students with assistance in navigating admission, enrollment and financial aid processes. It serves as the primary campus advocate for military and veteran students and works with them to ensure their unique needs are met by coordinating with offices of various university services such as academic advising, tutoring, counseling, disability accommodations, veteran programming, benefits information and assistance (financial and medical), as well as facilitating referral to state and federal resources and services.

The MVRC is committed to ensuring that military and veteran students successfully make the transition from the military environment to campus life and are assisted in sustaining their progress toward completion of their academic degree. The Center also provides opportunities for peer-to-peer support, mentoring and social networking.

The Center includes administrative offices, a student computer resource room, a work area for group study, tutoring, mentoring and a reception and lounge area for veteran students to meet and relax. Additionally a private counseling office for veteran students and their families to meet with counselors is available.

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